Clothing + Gear
for Forest School

At Haven Forest School, we are firm believers that “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing (choices)!” Any child can happily enjoy the outdoors for many hours, even in cold or rainy weather, if equipped with the right clothing to keep them warm and dry. It is important to outfit your child with the right layers to set them up for success. What follows is our recommended clothing choices for cold/rainy/snowy weather, with links to follow to brands that we like.

NOTES:

  • If these brands are out of your price range, check out secondhand shops or resale sites online—they do not need to be brand new to keep your child warm! Just check the labels to make sure they’re 100% wool or synthetic.

  • One full “forest school” outfit is plenty—we don’t mind if they come to school wearing the same thing every day! Do not feel the need to buy multiples of these items unless you want to.

  • You will see the phrase “NO COTTON” repeated often below—that is because cotton absorbs sweat/moisture and when wet, does not insulate! During the colder months, please do not send your child in cotton sweatpants/sweatshirts, as it will not do a good job keeping them warm and dry while they are busy exploring and playing outside.

  • Please label your chid’s clothing! This makes it much easier for us to return your clothing to you when it gets lost. You can purchase custom name labels or just write your child’s name in their clothes.

Layer 1: Base Layer

Your child should have synthetic (polyester, polypropylene) or wool long underwear to go under their clothes and wool socks to keep their feet warm. Do NOT buy cotton for winter socks or long underwear, as cotton does not insulate well.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS:

Layer 2: Fleece

Your child should have a fleece pullover or zip-up jacket. These layers can be worn alone or underneath their insulation layers in the winter! Again, NO cotton—a cotton or cotton/poly blend sweatshirt will not keep them warm enough.

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Layer 1: Base Layer
 

Your child should have synthetic (polyester, polypropylene) or wool long underwear to go under their clothes and wool socks to keep their feet warm. Do NOT buy cotton for winter socks or long underwear, as cotton does not insulate well.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS: